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Press Release from Israel Ministry of Tourism:
Pope Francis I will arrive in Israel for the first time ever next month as part of a pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land.
During his visit, Pope Francis I will meet with local Catholic leaders and representatives of the Israel government, and tour important Christian sites in Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Room of the Last Supper and the Mount of Olives. Pope Francis I will also visit the Western Wall, Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. The Pope’s itinerary will also include Jordan and Bethlehem in the Palestinian Authority.
Pope Francis’ visit marks the 50th anniversary of the first-ever visit to the Holy Land by a pontiff. It was in 1964 that Pope Paul VI came to Israel; during that trip – when Jerusalem was still a divided city – he sought to heal the centuries old schism between the Orthodox and Catholic churches in a historic meeting with Patriarch Athenagoras, and he dedicated the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.
“We are thrilled to welcome Pope Francis to Israel,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, “and we are confident his visit will inspire a new wave of Catholics from around the world to visit Israel and experience firsthand the land that gave birth to the Bible, to Jesus of Nazareth and to Christianity.”
Press release from Israel Ministry of Tourism:
A new memorial commemorating the thousands of LGBT victims of the Holocaust was unveiled this month in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park.
The memorial is shaped in the form of a pink triangle, signifying the emblem that gays and lesbians were required to attach to their clothes while being held in concentration camps; the pink triangle has since been adopted as the symbol of the international LGBT rights movement. The monument also features short texts in Hebrew, English and German.
“The new memorial in the heart of Tel Aviv represents an important addition to our memory of the Holocaust,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “It is only fitting for Tel Aviv, now considered one of the world’s most open and tolerant cities and most popular LGBT travel destinations, to be home to such an inspiring memorial.”
From Israel Ministry of Tourism, North and South America:
A new website featuring a series of 11 meticulously designed graphic illustrations depicting the unique architecture of several stand-out buildings throughout the city of Tel Aviv was launched last month by Israeli artist Avner Gicelter.
Known as the White City, Tel Aviv was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 for its collection of more than 4,000 Bauhaus and International architecture-style buildings, and was named one of the “World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers” in 2012 by leading travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
“The recent graphic illustrations provide a lively glimpse into Tel Aviv’s diverse collection of unique buildings,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America, “and we hope to welcome a new wave of design-focused travelers in Tel Aviv this year.”
To view the graphic illustrations, visit http://tlvbuildings.avnergicelter.com.
Press Release from the Israel Ministry of Tourism:
Song and dance superstar Paula Abdul arrived in Israel yesterday for her first-ever vacation in the Holy Land. Within 24 hours of her El Al jet touching down from Los Angeles, she had dined in a hip Jerusalem restaurant, hugged shoppers in the capital’s Mahane Yehuda Market, toured the Israel Museum and had been received by Shimon Peres, President of Israel, at his official residence. And that was just Day One.
|President Peres to the international star Paula Abdul: “We’re very glad to see you here”
“During the next ten days Paula will climb Masada, float in the Dead Sea, tour the Galilee, shop in Tel Aviv and attend the city’s ‘Gindi Fashion Week,'” says Haim Gutin, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North and South America, who invited Abdul on the trip to Israel, “but the highlight of the trip will be later this week when she celebrates her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem.” Commenting on the upcoming ceremony, President Peres told the 51-year-old star, “I have had a Bar Mitzvah, and you haven’t, so you have something to look forward to!”